The Stryama (Bulgarian: Стряма [ˈstrʲamɐ], known in Antiquity as Syrmus) is a river in southern Bulgaria, an important left tributary of the Maritsa. The river is 98.7 km long and has a drainage basin of 1,490 km2.[1]

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A view of the Stryama
Physical characteristics
 • locationsouth of Vezhen Peak, Balkan Mountains
 • elevation2,158 m (7,080 ft)
 • location
Maritsa River
 • coordinates
42°09′33″N 24°56′08″E / 42.1592°N 24.9355°E / 42.1592; 24.9355Coordinates: 42°09′33″N 24°56′08″E / 42.1592°N 24.9355°E / 42.1592; 24.9355
 • elevation
149 m (489 ft)
Length98.7 km (61.3 mi)[1]
Basin size1,490 km2 (580 sq mi)[1]
Basin features
ProgressionMaritsaAegean Sea

The Stryama has its source in the Balkan Mountains under Vezhen Peak, named Kameniditsa in this section, turning east at Stryama Station to pass close to Klisura and turn southeast at Rozino entering the Karlovo Plain. It then makes a turn south at Banya, forming the Stremski prolom (Stryama Gorge) between the mountains Sashtinska and Sarnena Sredna Gora, where the Dalga Vada separates from it to later flow into the Maritsa as a separate river. Afterwards the Stryama passes a number of villages to empty into the Maritsa 15 km east of Plovdiv.